- The definition of a dot is a very small spot or mark or a spot, period or mark used in letters or for punctuation.
- An example of a dot is the period at the end of this sentence.
- An example of a dot is the spot above a lower case i.
- Dot is defined as to add a small spot to something.
An example of dot is using a pen to add a mark to the top of a lower case j.
Dots on socks.
- a tiny spot, speck, or mark, esp. one made with or as with a pointed object; as
- a point used in orthography or punctuation; specif., the mark placed above an i or j in writing or printing
- Math. a decimal point; also, a point used as a symbol of multiplication
- Music a point after a note or rest, increasing its time value by one half; also, a point put above or below a note to show that it is staccato
- any small, round spot: polka dot
- Telegraphy a short sound or click, as in Morse code
Origin of dotOld English dott, head of boil: probably reinforced (16th circa ) by Dutch dot, akin to German dütte, nipple, Dutch dodde, a plug, Norwegian Low German dott, little heap or swelling
transitive verbdotted, dotting
- to mark with or as with a dot
- to make or form with dots: a dotted line
- to cover with or as with dots; appear as dotlike parts in: gas stations dotted the landscape
dot one's i's and cross one's t's
on the dot
Origin of dotFrench ; from Classical Latin dos (gen. dotis) ; from dare, to give: see date
- a. A tiny round mark made by or as if by a pointed instrument; a spot.b. Such a mark used in orthography, as above an i.c. The basic unit of composition for an image produced by a device that prints text or graphics on paper: a resolution of 900 dots per inch.
- A tiny amount.
- In Morse and similar codes, the short sound or signal used in combination with the dash and silent intervals to represent letters, numbers, or punctuation.
- Mathematics a. A decimal point.b. A symbol (·) indicating multiplication, as in 2 · 4 = 8.
- Music A mark after a note indicating an increase in time value by half.
- Computers A period, as used as in URLs and e-mail addresses, to separate strings of words, as in www.hmhbooks.com.
verbdot·ted, dot·ting, dots
- To mark with a dot.
- To form or make with dots.
- To cover with or as if with dots: “Campfires, like red, peculiar blossoms, dotted the night” (Stephen Crane).
Origin of dotMiddle English *dot, from Old English dott, head of a boil.
Origin of dotFrench, from Latin dōs, dōt-, dowry; see dō- in Indo-European roots.
- A small spot.
- a dot of colour
- (grammar) A punctuation mark used to indicate the end of a sentence or an abbreviated part of a word; a full stop; a period.
- A diacritical mark comprised of a small opaque circle above or below any of various letters of the Latin script. Examples include: Ȧ, Ạ, Ḅ, Ḃ, Ċ, etc.
- (mathematics) A symbol used for separating the fractional part of a decimal number from the whole part, for indicating multiplication or a scalar product, or for various other purposes.
- One of the two symbols used in Morse code.
- Anything small and like a speck comparatively; a small portion or specimen.
- a dot of a child
- (cricket, informal) A dot ball.
(third-person singular simple present dots, present participle dotting, simple past and past participle dotted)
- To cover with small spots (of some liquid).
- His jacket was dotted with splashes of paint.
- To add a dot (the symbol) or dots to.
- Dot your is and cross your ts.
- To mark by means of dots or small spots.
- to dot a line
- To mark or diversify with small detached objects.
- to dot a landscape with cottages
From Middle English *dot, from Old English dott (“a dot, point”), from Proto-Germanic *duttaz (“wisp”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Dot, Dotte (“a clump”), Dutch dot (“lump, knot, clod”), Low German Dutte (“a plug”), Swedish dialectal dott (“a little heap, bunch, clump”).
- (US, Louisiana) A dowry.
From French dot.
dot - Computer Definition
- The shorter of the two signal elements in Morse code telegraphy, created by closing an electrical circuit with a mechanical key for a short period of time. A dot is audible as a brief click or buzz, called a dit by radiotelegraph operators, and is graphically represented as a small round mark. See also dash, Morse code, and telegraph.
- Marion Estelle Edison (1873
(1) A tiny round, rectangular or square spot that is one element in a matrix, which is used to display or print a graphics or text image. See dot matrix .
(2) A period; for example, V dot 22 is the same as V.22.
(3) The dot, or period, is used as a name separator. For example, file names are separated from their extensions with a dot (CDE.ABC, CDE.NDX, etc.). It is also used to separate the components of Web addresses, such as between the "www," the registered domain name and the top-level domain (TLD); for example, www.computerlanguage.com.